Taking Time to Delve Deeper: Casting Talk with 7 Fingers' Head of Casting, Louis Bourgaut

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Taking Time to Delve Deeper: Casting Talk with 7 Fingers’ Head of Casting, Louis Bourgaut

From managing live auditions to navigating the sea of online talent profiles, finding the right performer for your next production can be a very involved process. Louis Bourgaut, casting manager of The 7 Fingers, shares how digital tools provide an added value for talent seekers in the casting process.
Louis Bourgaut has been deeply steeped in the arts and culture of France from a very early age thanks to his family’s passionate involvement in these fields. Inspired after witnessing the mesmerizing show TRACES by The 7 Fingers, he embarked on a journey to master the circus arts. Louis cultivated his skills by graduating from l’École nationale de cirque de Châtellerault and then furthered his education at l’École de cirque de Québec, where he completed his training in 2016. In 2019, he became a part of The 7 Fingers team and has since risen to the position of Head of Casting, where he continues to contribute to the vibrant world of performance arts.  We recently caught up with Louis to hear his insights into The 7 Fingers casting process: what the company looks for, the tools they use, and what makes someo...
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Melissa Mellon

One of the co-founders of the theatre company Watermelon Bathtub, Melissa Mellon (she/her) is a Philadelphia-based circus artist, content creator, and educator. She studied Theatre Performance at Juniata College, where she trained in acting, movement expression, Skinner Releasing, and Fitzmaurice Voicework, and was introduced to single point trapeze. She finally made her way to training at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, where she is now a youth and adult coach. Melissa is skilled in aerial arts on the lyra, trapeze (single and double point), pole, lollipop, and sling, as well as trained in fire flow and safety. Her favorite thing to do is create beautiful flying and ambient acts.